For Imran Khan, looks hardly matter
TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
IMRAN Khan’s chocolate boy looks might have earned him a huge female fan following, but Imran Khan finds this tag ‘ridiculous.’ When he visited Ahmedabad for a promotional trip, he flaunted his stubbled look (planned for his next film Matru Ki Bijla Ka Mandola). “It is a pleasure coming to Ahmedabad. I plan to sample the Gujarati thali at a popular restaurant,” he says with a warm smile.
Talking about his experience of working with Kareena Kapoor, he says, “Kareena is a chilled-out girl. I was always worried about how she would be to work with, but she is uncomplicated. She comes with no drama or excess starry baggage,” he shares.
Film promotion on the eve of its theatrical release seems to have become an integral part of showbiz today. “One has to market the film well because the stakes are higher and theatrical revenue still makes up a huge percentage of a film’s profit. The overseas market today comprises not just NRIs, but even foreigners who have started watching Hindi films, so one needs to carpetbomb with promotional trips/ moves.
The markets in the US, UK and the UAE have grown phenomenally over the last few years and catering to those territories help us grow. Our films are released in India and in foreign countries on the same day. Secondly, the options for entertainment have also increased - games, HD TV and internet. We are competing with other entertainment mediums,” he says.
And does he think his looks work for him in films? “I have never thought about it. I follow the script, I don’t care about how I look,” he says. Imran is happy that his solo films have worked commercially at the Box Office. “I feel if an actor can carry a film on his/her shoulder, he should just do that,” he says.
While a majority of his romantic films have raked in moolah, Imran says that he doesn’t limit himself to a particular genre. “I have done seven films so far, and only three were romantic.
Delhi Belly, my biggest hit wasn’t a love story. I do projects that are interesting,” he says.
It’s believed that having a famous surname in the film industry helps. So does he think that Aamir Khan has helped him in carving his success story? “It’s hard to say that. Only two of my hit films were produced by him. But, the audience doesn’t care who a star’s related to. A starry surname might get us lot of print/TV space, but can’t convince the audience to buy tickets on that basis,” he avers.
So how often does he consult Aamir before signing on the dotted line? “Aamir has never read my scripts or met my film directors. He is too busy with his life and work. He has not seen most of my films. I also haven’t seen Dhobi Ghat,” he says.